Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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4.24/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to sendsilk for this.
I'm not into re-reviewing beers on here anymore, but I hated to drop a full review for an updated "had" so here we are...
As Cigar City expands, all of their product is looking much better, tasting cleaner, etc. I feel like this beer is either dialed in moreso than my 3.7 review of years back, or else it's simply much better extremely fresh (these cans are under 20 days old as of my drinking).
Lovely clarity and bone white head on a light copper colored brew. Leaves nice lacing.
Smells wonderful yet cheeky at the same time. The oak is prevalent off the bat, very heavy notes of fresh cut wood (one person I shared this with said it reminded them of wood shop in High School). There are notes of vanilla and a lot of floral character from the oak. The hops are fruity and bold, but the interaction with the oak is where the beer gets quite unique. At times the aroma is of fresh juicy tropical hops, and at others you can smell bubblegum and smarties.
The flavor follows in line with immense hop flavor and heavy but welcome oak. The bitterness is somewhat mellowed by the oak yet the perceived alcohol seems higher than regular Jai Alai.
Creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Overall a great take on their flagship IPA. Recommended.
01-27-2014 23:24:59 | More by Spider889
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
This brew pours with a puny one-finger of head (especially compared to the head explosion of the base Jai Alai), and it's more hazy and slightly lighter in color than the base Jai Alai. Lacing is still exceptional. The smell is very nice, sharp oakiness and a touch of vanilla is over the great tropical fruit and hop base of Jai Alai. The oakiness is much stronger on the taste, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because the oak tastes great. But it's bad because it mutes some of the better parts of the base Jai Alai - the citrus and hops in particular. I wouldn't mind the oak to be a bit more subtle. Otherwise, it's pretty good, just unbalanced.
The mouthfeel is good, it's slightly more substantial and less carbonated than the normal Jai Alai. Drinkability suffers just a bit with the oak treatment. Overall, it's a solid spin on the original, but it's not quite an improvement. Worth trying, but not a necessity.
03-23-2011 04:27:08 | More by shand
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
a murky orange with 2 fingers of bright white head (leaving behind tons of lacing). smells of citrusy grapefruit, vanilla, a smell of tangerine/mango.. very tropical.. definitely loving the way this smells. the flavor is a malty, citrusy (again tangerine/mango with slight grapefruit) oak bomb. working at a wood shop for many years can make you either love or hate the smell of certain woods. this is a very nice flavor, which surprises me because this was one of the worst smelling woods we worked with (due to it burning so quickly when cutting it since it's such a hard wood). a lovely flavor profile, and honestly nothing like jai alai. a medium body with low carbonation, very nice and sticky on the lips.
a complete different beast than jai alai. it's nice to JUST have an oak flavor in a beer, instead of bourbon barrel oak. i've worked with wood for many years, as a carpenter, in a shop, and in construction.. a nasty splintery wood to work with and smells terrible once it starts burning on the blade.. but here, here it works nicely.
02-17-2013 02:43:58 | More by facundoCNB
3.58/5 rDev -15%
Big thanks to BPRESTON for sending this my way. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Gamboge and tenné gradient, somewhat cloudy and topped by a fist of rocky beige merengue. Huge soapy lacing.
Oak pervades the nose - coconut and vanilla overwhelm the caramel malt and citrus of the base beer. Lightly spicy perhaps as well.
Toasted coconut, grapefruit rind, and a touch of apricot and earth from hops on the palate. Palm sugar notes offset the moderate bitterness - citrus is strong but comes across as muted compared to the regular Jai Alai - leading into the finish which has a distinctive coconut/vanilla/very-lightly-tannic white oak flavor (which I only recall being this forward in White Oak from The Bruery).
Creamy, medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and faintly slick.
While this is an interesting idea, the execution leaves me missing the potent citrus and gentle balance of the base beer; particularly in terms of drinkability.
03-02-2011 05:58:44 | More by augustgarage
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper amber orange color with a very small bubbled tight antique white head. The aroma is very different than most IPA's I have ever smelled with notes of pineapple, coconut, mango, and some citrus. The oak must really have an effect on the aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a nice amojnt of carbonation. The taste is sweet tropical fruit flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness in the end that lingers on for a while. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this. The oak shows through in the beginning as well. It still amazes me all the things CCB does with a great base beer as the White Oak version is great!
12-06-2010 21:54:23 | More by kbutler1
3.28/5 rDev -22.1%
I think this is another from the BIF package from djmichaelk. The gift that keeps on giving.
Fairly gentle pour ends up with half of glass of foam. Nice cloudy gold/orange color with mentioned massive head.
Slight citrus smell, but really the oak dominates the nose.
Starts off with a slightly pleasant citrus. Again almost immediately the oak overpowers everything else. Finishes with a huge woody flavor. A little more complexity came out as it warmed a bit. The oak was still heavily presence, but allowed more other flavors to come through as well.
Good mouthfeel and carb.
I'm beginning to think IPA's don't lend themselves very well to oak. The oak overpowers most of the good IPA flavors in this one although as noted it became a much better beer as it warmed.
11-16-2011 00:17:02 | More by jmarsh123
4.25/5 rDev +1%
On tap poured into a wine glass.
Pours a hazy amber to light amber with a huge creamy off white head that's thick & pillowy. Nose is all tropical fruit, mango and others, it's sweet and fresh.
Taste is super well balanced - hoppy fresh and sweet, there a nice creamy maltiness as well. Really creamy and thick. Delicious.
12-31-2010 18:37:40 | More by kingcrowing
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
I got this in SS '10 courtesy of steve8robin. The pour is hazy orange, the head overflows the glass. The smell has lots oak that mixes nicely with the citrus and pineapple. It taste like it smells, oak with pineapple and citrus backdrop. The finish is sweeter than I remember the other jai alai's. The body is medium, very well carbonated. A great beer, I really need to do a horizontal tasting with the different varities of jai alai.
12-09-2010 23:57:58 | More by bonkers
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
With the color of pink grapefruit, this IPA was already working it's way into unorthodox. The head was light and fizzy, sprite and alive.
The aroma held more surprises as an intense cocoa butter fills the nose. Shaved coconut can be found amongst the creamy sweetness along with a fragrant orange.
The sweetness is as unorthodox as the look as its like a grapefruit without the bitterness. Mid palate holds a stripe of orange flavor an then it ends with cocoa butter and apricot.
The feel is dry and smooth but never bitter.
White oak has really changed the personality of Jai Alai, and though it may not be better it definitely changes the norm and tastes good doing it.
04-08-2014 21:32:33 | More by KYGunner
4.41/5 rDev +4.8%
We pop some cans, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows the color of a tropical sunset with a surprising amount of sediment throughout. The stark white head stands two fingers tall, and retains nicely. The nose is both sweet and spiced, with prominent and clean oak barreling, soured lemony, citric, and earthy hops, and a sweet, toasty pale malt base. Fresh honeys, tropical fruitiness of pineapple and papaya, and juicy peach flesh add a palpable sweetness to the nose. The flavor is quite souring to begin with, boasting strong oaked woodiness and fresh grassy and citric hops. Lemon zest comes through in the beginning, along with a sweeter, lightly toasted pale malt, and a slightly more robust caramel malt. Nectary white sugar sweetness hits the palate in the middle, striking nice balance between the more bittering oak. After the swallow, the taste hangs on with chalky and metallic yeastiness as well as some booze, and more of that sweet, warming, and musky white oak. The feel is creamy, entirely coating, and coaxes the mouth to warmth in a background of puckering dryness. The abv is easy, and the beer is gone before you know it.
Overall, this has been one of our most highly anticipated beers for a while. Jai Alai, as a base, is in contention for the juiciest IPA from this side of the country, so to take that powerhouse and engage it further, is something for myth and legend. The wood is musky, sweet, authentic, and unsoiled, adding a simple side to barreling that is not often seen. They do a great job of maintaining the basic beer here, and not using the added element to overpower the things that make this guy great. This is probably the best example of how to enhance an amazing beer that we’ve tried to date. They really put on a clinic. This is a game-changing, must-try if you can find it.
06-16-2014 01:52:18 | More by TheBrewo
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
This was the beer that got me most excited in a birthday box from Mikesgroove. Now I can call myself a real member of this site, having gotten beer from Mikesgroove.
A- Damn, they dont get too much better looking than this. Its a glowing burnt orange with an ever so light haze. The head is absolutely towering. One of the kinds of heads that will stick out above the rim of the glass and taunt you. It makes you wait to finish pouring and then wait some more to drink it. Lacing? There must be a better word for it than lacing.
S- This is a whole new beast. Very, very, very woody. If you thought Palo Santo was the most woodsy, check yo head. Fresh wood pulp, sap, pine bough, juniper berries. Its very intense and woodsy. Like the drippings from a wood chipper.
T- This tastes as much like a national park as it smells. The oak brings deciduous wood flavors and the hops bring the coniferous. There is pine sap, wood pulp, the moisture from green saplings. Hops also carry a citrus profile, mostly of sweet nectarine. This stuff is very, very sweet. There is no bitterness at the end and the finish feels almost empty.
M- The carbonation is quite high. Huh, who would have guessed a beer with meringue for a head had some carbonation? Its very dry with a full body.
D- I liked this stuff very much but Im left questioning some things. I certainly wouldnt be drinking this stuff in succession like other IPAs, but I would like having it on hand.
12-20-2010 03:33:50 | More by MbpBugeye
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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